Bingo trial defendant Ray Crosby found dead in Montgomery

Crosby, a former legislative analyst for the Alabama's Legislative Reference Service, was set to begin a retrial Monday morning.

Joseph “Ray” Crosby, a defendant in Alabama’s bingo corruption trial, was found dead Sunday afternoon at his Montgomery home, sources tell Weld.

Joseph "Ray" Crosby was a retired legislative analyst and a defendant in the Alabama bingo corruption trial.

Crosby was a retired legislative analyst for the Alabama’s Legislative Reference Service, which works with state legislators to draft laws. He retired after serving LRS for more than thirty years.

Crosby and his six other co-defendants were set to begin a retrial in the bingo corruption case on Monday morning. Government prosecutors accused Crosby of making changes to gambling legislation favorable to Victoryland owner and gambling developer Milton McGregor in exchange for bribes. McGregor made a series of $3,000 monthly payments to Crosby over two years, for a total of $72,000.

Crosby was cleared of much wrongdoing in the first trial–U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson threw out Crosby’s conspiracy charge and 11 counts of honest services fraud just before the case went to the jury, but the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on the remaining bribery charge.

WTVY in Dothan is reporting that U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson will meet with attorneys in the bingo trial Monday morning to decide on how to move forward in the trial.

Weld is still waiting to learn the cause of death and other details.

An earlier version of this story reported that the jury in the first bingo trial found Ray Crosby not guilty of conspiracy and 11 counts of honest services fraud. The jury did not see those charges–the judge in the case threw them out before the case went to the jury. The story has been updated to reflect that mistake.